I am a long time grafter and my pick for a grafting knife has always been a Tina blade. In recent years I have found that the quality of the carbon steel has undergone some changes. One has to constantly sharpen and strop in order to keep a servicable edge on the blade. In searching for a better blade I was afforded the opportunity to use a blade made by Hershell. I am so impressed with the quality of the blade. I grafted over 150 liners and did not have to strop the blade one time. I will never own another Tina.
I just saw one of my babies. The history of making my own grafting knives started with grafting pecans. One year the Tina knives were really bad but they admitted it and replaced them. Knowing it could happen again I started experimenting with my own blades. I’m grafting up to 3000 trees a day and need a knife that can hold up so I’ve settled on a 5% cobalt blade. The down side is that it is brittle and is difficult to sharpen but will last the normal grafter a lifetime. I’m glad that you like your knife David and thanks for keeping everyone updated on our success while I’ve been away.
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Thanks that's a great help. I can't see that exact knife in Europe. But I can see lots very similar by the same brand. So I'll just buy the same brand if I can't find that one when I look again this evening